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Author Topic: New 4G USB ‘dongle’ i/f  (Read 1392 times)


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Re: New 4G USB ‘dongle’ i/f
« Reply #15 on: November 28, 2020, 10:21:11 AM »

I already have a 4G router for emergency use or hospital visits. My ipad has a 4G AA Three SIM in it too. The router is NATing too. I would hope the 4G donut has a chance of working as it’s in a direct line of sight to the base-station and it’s facing the correct window. I’ve tried an external antenna plugged into the dongle but that doesn’t seem to have produced any improvement; in fact I’m unsure as to whether things are better or worse.

I would like it if they could find some time to test the alternative firmware.

L2TP brings the annoyance of reduced MTU I presume, as with all tunnels.

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Re: New 4G USB ‘dongle’ i/f
« Reply #16 on: November 28, 2020, 09:10:24 PM »

I went from a portable 4G router, to my phone as a second SIM (huge battery hog), to a mains operated, because it doubled the theoretical speed due to enabling carrier aggregation and was the only way to reliably integrate it into pfSense which needs a persistent ethernet interface to boot.

The portable router would regularly lose the high-speed/frequency band, but the Three tower is many rows of houses away so likely gets deflected a lot.  The mains operated keeps a solid lock almost all the time.

My thought is that if its going to have to run in NAT mode anyway, might as well use a unit that guarantees the best reception and speed.  In my case, I still planned to yank out the mains operated router to take it with me on my weekends to Nottingham (which never happened thanks to pandemic).
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